Nick Sgheiza is now vice president of harvest at Tanimura & Antle. ( Courtesy Tanimura & Antle )

Tanimura & Antle has promoted longtime employee Nick Sgheiza to vice president of harvest.

After an internship with Salinas, Calif.-based Tanimura & Antle in 1999, Sgheiza returned to the company after college to work alongside the spinach and spring mix crews, later working with romaine, mixed lettuces and celery, according to a news release.

Sgheiza then managed onion operations for Tanimura & Antle before his most recent role as senior director of harvest operations, giving him experience with the entire farming operation.

“I began working directly with Nick when he moved from managing harvest crews in celery to the onion operation where he helped build our labor force by converting contractors to employee-only crews while managing that operation. We made a great team and I am excited for his promotion,” Scott Grabau, Tanimura & Antle president and CEO, said in the release. “Nick’s hard work and dedication to leading by example has earned respect from his peers at all levels. He embodies our culture of quality, service, ownership and accountability.”

“I’m grateful for this opportunity,” Sgheiza said in the release. “Not many companies have the type of vertical integration that would allow someone to serve in functions from planting to harvest and everything in between. Those roles have equipped me with the skills and insight needed to succeed in this leadership position.”

Sgheiza is native to Salinas and attended Palma High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in crop science with a minor in agriculture business from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, according to the release.

He is a graduate of the Future Leaders program of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, and also participates in Monterey County Farm Day each year.